Continuing Education Requirement
The constant changes in knowledge and technology regarding cancer care require frequent assessment of the educational needs of nurses who care for cancer patients. Monitoring cancer practices and refocusing these practices when warranted are necessary for quality cancer care (The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, May/June 2003: 34(3); 122-127).
The value of continuing professional education for nurses in maintaining professional competency has long been recognized by organizations such as professional nursing associations and nursing certification/regulatory boards (Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, March/April 2004: 20(2); 90-98).
As part of its Health Care Quality Initiative, the Institute of Medicine has recommended that health care organizations dedicate resources to support nurses in their continuing attainment and maintenance of appropriate knowledge and skills (Institute of Medicine, November 4, 2003: Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses).
The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute requires annual training and education for all nurses caring for cancer patients.